How to start an Essay?

How to start an Essay?
I need to do a paper for my sociolgy class. I have to do it on “Why are people poor”…. We talked about the social class system, caste system, differenc between wealth and income… etc I know what to write about I just don’t know how to start my first paragraph, any suggestions?

i like to start essays off with quotes… like
Public education is the key civil rights issue of the 21st century. Our nation’s knowledge-based economy demands that we provide young people from all backgrounds and circumstances with the education and skills necessary to become knowledge workers. If we don’t, we run the risk of creating an even larger gap between the middle class and the poor. This gap threatens our democracy, our society and the economic future of America.
Eli Broad

or something like that
just google quotes about poverty